Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. james five:sixteen
This isn’t a novel idea. This isn’t even a new idea. It has been around for centuries, dare I say millennia. We work so hard to hide who we really are and work twice as hard to display who we think people think we ought to be. We only want to show how amazing our lives are as we #liveauthentic lives. Unfortunately, in our pursuit of authenticity, we lose it all. We want everyone to believe we do nothing but hit big PRs and crush our goals all day in the gym. When was the last time you kept it real with those who engage with you on Instagram and say, “Yeah.. today sucked”? Obviously, you can put it in much more eloquent words, but you get the idea. Give it a shot. Post yourself just working with a light (even laughable) weight. No PRs, no celebrations, just you putting in work. Sure it’s not glamorous, it’s not sexy. Do you know what it is though? Honest. Want to know what that will do for you? That will open you up to being real about where you are at in other areas of your life. If you can share a failed lift, don’t you think that would open you up a bit to share your failed moments as a follower of Christ.
There is freedom in being real with those around you. In fact, you are working so hard to impress people who are wrapped up in doing the same thing. We are told to confess our sins to one another. Think about that for a second. James wrote that to a group of Christians. That verse has made its way down for centuries to be read by us so, we too, can keep it real with each other.
Your failures, as a Crossfitter and a Christian, won’t surprise anyone. I’ve had some tough moments in my life and have had to fess up to some ugliness in my life. And do you know what the people in my life did? They loved me through it. And today, I am better because of it. Besides, when it comes to eternity, what Jesus thinks of you will ultimately matter. And He showed you what He thinks about you already. He did it on the cross. He conquered your failures. He knows you better than anyone will. And He loves you anyway.
Confess. Be real. And be free.